The goal of the Psychology Department is to provide students with the tools to pursue novel questions about behavior and the mind using the scientific method. Strong emphasis is placed on helping students learn to communicate their ideas clearly and concisely.
The Senior Program
Each psychology major completes a research project that culminates in a written thesis and an oral presentation. Working closely with a faculty advisor, the student uses the senior project to synthesize and focus previous coursework. Each project is an original work of scholarship that provides an in-depth examination of a particular empirical or theoretical issue.
Recent projects in psychology include:
- Does Defensive Self-Esteem Predict Aggressive Behavior Following an Ego Threat?
- Stopping the Clock: Does Time Moderate the Effect of Personality on Athletic Performance?
- Walking in Nature in Fall and Winter: Effects on Mood and Creative Thinking
- Is a Meaningful Life a Happy Life?
- Using Spatial Distancing to Enhance Creativity and Analytical Ability in Preschool-Age Children
- Shadow of the Colossus: Differing Perceptions of Threat From a Growing Population
- Coping with Anxiety Through Creative Writing
- Does Believing Intelligence is Fixed Increase Self-Handicapping in Those with Academic-Contingent Self-Esteem?
- The Fluidity of the Social Self: Exploring Interdependency and an Interactionist Self-Concept
- Forgetting for the Future: Adolescent Marijuana Use and Prospective Memory
- In vs. Out: How Concealment and Minority Stress Predict Mental Health for LGB Individuals
- A Proposed Self-Compassion Intervention to Reduce Female Athletes’ Negative Experiences with Sports Collaborative Inhibition in Autobiographical Memory
- The Effects of Positive and Negative Humor on Coping
- Making Meaning out of Madness: Processing the 2016 Presidential Election
- Gendered Zero-Sum Beliefs in the Workplace
- Suicide Prevention Training: Improving Peer Support Skills
- Relationship Between Love Languages, Attachment Styles, and Sex
- Friendship Signals in Same-Sex Friendships
- Involuntary Autobiographical Memories in Art and Literature
Internalizing Symptoms in Children with Chronic Illness: Self-Esteem as a Mediator
- Designing Recruitment Messages to Boost Volunteering in Hamilton Students
Dangerous Minds: Race, Gender, and Crime Affect Perceptions of Mental Illness
“I Don’t See Color”: An Examination of Racial Discrepancies in Detection of Eating Disorder Symptomology
Self-distancing and Secondary Emotions
Virtual Reality in the Field of Psychology
The Impact of Domain-Specific Character Competency on the Benefits of Role-Play in Children
Self-Disclosure and Friendship Quality in People with Defensive Self-Esteem
Jen Borton, Acting Chair
Clinton, NY 13323